Rampant Reds braced for wounded Tigers

It may have been one of those special European nights at Thomond Park, when even Peter O’Mahony smiled, but the Munster captain soon reverted to ice-veined type when thoughts turned to next Sunday’s return match at Welford Road.

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This game is only halfway, says van Graan

Johann van Graan’s assertion that Munster only have half the job done against Leicester has been brought into sharp focus by the likely return to the Tigers midfield next Sunday of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua.

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Blues warning for rest of Europe

As statements go this was as big as they get.

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Ulster victory leaves Quins on precipice

Harlequins’ hopes of progression in the Champions Cup were virtually extinguished as they crashed to a third-consecutive defeat in Europe, a 17-5 loss at home to Ulster.

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Connacht’s love affair with France goes on

Their PRO14 form is dodgy to say the least, but Connacht’s pedigree in the European Challenge Cup is obvious and on Saturday night they took a big step not only towards securing a quarter-final spot, but ensuring that they will enjoy home advantage in the last eight.

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O’Gara vouches for value of being a ’one-club man’

Ronan O’Gara hopes that Ireland’s top players can see the value in ending their careers as a ‘one-club man’.

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Much-travelled pocket rocket Chris Cloete lands on his feet at Munster

If Chris Cloete’s introduction to Irish rugby is any guide, the South African flanker’s European debut for Munster tonight is set to go off with a bang.

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Van Graan gets set for European baptism of fire

The big guns are back for Munster’s Champions Cup showdown with Leicester Tigers at Thomond Park tonight (7.45pm) and what a noise there has been around them these past few days.

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Ben Youngs says it’s hard to counter Irish passion

Withover 70 Test appearances for England under his belt and a further 200 racked up in a Leicester Tigers shirt, Ben Youngs has experienced a range of atmospheres during his career.

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Munster A face mountain to climb

Munster A have a mountain to climb following this B&I Cup result at Musgrave Park last night when Bedford Blues grabbed a crucial win to go five points clear at the top of pool 1.

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Cullen follows the money trail

Time and again, Leo Cullen has teed up a Champions League tie as a meeting of opposites.

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